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Episode One Children Of Harlem

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Amos N' Andy Theme One & Spoken Intro
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Tap Dancer
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If This Isn't Love
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Tico Tico
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Ezekial Saw The Wheel
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Children Of Harlem
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Crazy She Calls Me
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Heavy Blue
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Ruby Begonia & Amos N' Andy Theme Two
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Total Tracks: 9   Total Length: 65:37

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Bartz's Harlem

JazzSon

Don't believe Yanow this time; if you have the CD then you know that Gary Bartz calls this album "a musical tour of Harlem" in the liner notes. It's the Harlem Bartz knew from the '60s through the '80s (that's when I ran into him once while I was living there), and he knows what he's playing about. From the Spanish Harlem of "Tico Tico" to the club paean "Heavy Blue," it's a cool trip. And he gathered a quartet of highly skilled players who all shared ties to the Harlem of the '60s & '70s. Recommended.

They Say All Music Guide

Although the theme of this CD is ostensibly supposed to be nostalgia for Harlem, the music (which includes the “Amos N’Andy Theme”) actually has little to do with the subject. However Bartz (who is heard on alto and soprano) is in fine form playing with a top-notch quartet that also includes pianist Larry Willis, bassist Buster Williams and drummer Ben Riley. The hard-bop oriented music includes a few standards (including “Tico Tico” and “Crazy She Calls me”) and three originals by either Bartz or Willis. It’s not essential but enjoyable. – Scott Yanow